Defense League to be tested
The fourth „Hedgehog“ major training exercise to be held in May next year will include at least 10,000 Defense League members. It will be the first time the countrywide territorial defense system will be put to the test in such a comprehensive manner.
16.05.2017, Oliver KundPM
Special rules for allied offenders
The British marine who struck an assistant police officer in Tallinn last year is the first allied soldier in whose case Estonia decided not to implement its laws. The decision is tied to guarantees in allied soldiers' contracts, and the public prosecutor's office has completed a set of guidelines for dealing with relevant cases in the future.
11.05.2017, Oliver KundPM
Baby products seller turns out to be military spy
The skinny Russian military intelligence agent called Artem Zinchenko (30) was shocked when he was surrounded by internal security service operatives in a Tallinn public transport vehicle on January 9 – Zinchenko had no idea the authorities were on to him.
09.05.2017, Oliver KundPM
First batch of British troops' equipment arrived in Estonia on Wednesday
The first batch of heavy equipment of British troops to be stationed in Estonia as part of a NATO battle group arrived here on Wednesday.
22.03.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Nearly 130 British troops to arrive in Estonia on Friday
On Friday nearly 130 troops of the United Kingdom are to arrive in Estonia on Friday which is the first bigger group to be stationed in Tapa in the composition of the multinational NATO battalion to be stationed in Estonia.
Estonian president promotes defense chief to general
President Kersti Kaljulaid has promoted the commander of the Estonian defense forces, Lt. Gen. Riho Terras, to the rank of general.
A dozen howitzers in four years
The Ministry of Defense wants to buy at least 12 second hand K9 Thunder howitzers from the Republic of Korea. The first weapon systems should reach the artillery battalion in Tapa in 2021.
06.02.2017, Oliver KundPM
Engineers want to cook spy drones
A defense industry development grants competition awarded financial support from the taxpayer to the visions of four companies. The realization of these visions would result in a unique solution for blinding camera drones, voice guidance for a pocket tank, eavesdropping on enemy communications, and a super-economical battery.
01.02.2017, Oliver KundPM
Center studying loyalty of young Russians
The International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) is conducting a survey to determine attitudes of young Russian-speaking people in Estonia towards national defense and security, as well as their loyalty to the state. Executive manager of the center Dmitri Teperik said that some politicians and public figures have speculated at length on young Russians and a potential security risk, whereas there is no reliable data on the subject.
18.01.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Some 400 conscripts to start military service this week
Close to 400 conscripts are to start military service in the Estonian defense forces this week in the first call-up of the year.
USA will remain in NATO under Trump presidency
Arizona Senator John McCain assured at his meeting with Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas yesterday that the USA will retain its position in NATO. Ratas emphasized at the news conference after the meeting the importance of NATO for Estonia and the Estonians. He added that the EU and NATO should develop closer cooperation. McCain congratulated Ratas on becoming the premier and expressed hope that cooperation between the two countries will continue.
28.12.2016, Kerstin MeresmaPM
McCain: US-Baltic relations are more important than they have been for a long time
The relationship between the U.S. and the Baltic countries is perhaps more important that it has been in a long time, U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Tuesday in Tallinn.
Influential U.S. senators to visit Estonia next week
A U.S. congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is to visit Estonia next week.
Estonian parlt gives defense forces mandate to participate in intl missions
The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted nine decisions concerning the participation of up to 371 members of the Estonian defense forces in international missions in 2017.
Estonian defense forces to stage snap reserve exercise for 300
The Estonian defense forces will stage an extraordinary reservist training event from Dec. 2-5 as part of which more than 300 members of the 433rd infantry company of the Voru district of the Kaitseliit volunteer corps and reservists of the headquarters company who finished their conscript service in 2014 will be called up.
Fighters disturbing cows' dalliance
While it may seem a joke at first glance, a farmer located near the Ämari air base lost thousands of euros due to stress caused in his animals by low-flying fighter jets.
25.11.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Battalion chief resigns over drunk driving
The chief of the Estonian defense forces' Engineer Battalion, Lt. Col. Eero Tepp, has come under criminal investigation and had to resign after causing an accident while driving under the influence.
25.11.2016, Georgi BeltadzePM
Defense Forces to stage short-notice exercises
The Defense Forces will hold extremely short-notice additional training courses for reservists for the purposes of additional training, increased military preparedness, and battle worthiness checks.
16.11.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Estonian-made pocket tank in action for the first time
The Estonian defense industry presented its latest creation at the Defense Forces central testing polygon yesterday – an unmanned crawler-type vehicle with a Singapore-made 12.7 mm machine gun mounted to its chassis.
08.11.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Ministry looking to train assistant policemen in the army
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has made a proposal to the defense ministry to consider complementing basic training of conscripts with a course for assistant police officers.
21.10.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
More conscripts and better intelligence
The Defense Forces development plan prescribes creation of a cyber command, procurement of mobile artillery, and sharply increased number of conscripts. The much-debated plan of procuring tanks has been shelved for the time being.
14.10.2016, Oliver KundPM
Almost 1200 young people, including 12 women start conscript service in Estonia
In all 1171 young people, including 12 women volunteers, started conscript service in the Estonian defense forces as part of the autumn call-up that took place this week.
Defmin says NATO should place heavy armored unit in Estonia
Based on the decisions of the Warsaw summit, NATO should send a heavy armored unit to Estonia, Defense Minister Hannes Hanso said in the Riigikogu ahead of a meeting with members of the national defense committee on Monday.
Six allies to send company-sized units to Estonia's Spring Storm exercise
More than 1,000 allied soldiers are to take part in Estonia's annual Spring Storm military exercise in May this year and six countries intend to take part with a company-sized unit.
Estonia to buy mortar ammunition from Israeli company
The Estonian defense forces and the Israeli company Elbit Systems have signed a framework agreement under which Elbit Systems will supply ammunition for 120-millimeter mortars of the Estonian defense forces in the coming years.
Poland to send infantry unit to Estonia this spring
Poland is to send a company-sized motorized infantry unit to Estonia this spring which will also take part in the annual Spring Storm exercise, spokesman for the Estonian defense force headquarters told BNS. The exact time and action program of the stay in Estonia will be decided soon.
Estonian soldiers may return to Iraq - defense minister
Estonia's ability to contribute to the fight against the Sunni extremist group IS is limited, but one way to do this is to send to Iraq instructors of the defense forces to train local armed forces, Defense Minister Hannes Hanso told.
15.02.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Bill to grant military intelligence right to collect info outside Estonia
Estonian Ministry of Defense is seeking opinions on a bill which, among other things, would give military intelligence the right to collect information outside Estonia.
Estonian defense forces carry out first live fire exercise with Javelin anti-tank missiles
The Estonian defense forces on Friday carried out the first live fire exercise with the Javelin anti-tank guided missile system.
Estonian defmin believes Finland would help Estonia with military power, if necessary
Estonian Defense Minister Hannes Hanso believes that Finland will help Estonia with military power, if necessary, Finnish media group Lannen Media reported on Wednesday.
Spain, Belgium to take over responsibility for NATO Baltic air policing
Spain and Belgium will take over responsibility for the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic countries at the beginning of January.
Estonian defense forces receive first batch of Mistral M3 missiles
Estonia on Thursday received as the first foreign country the first batch of Mistral M3 missiles.
Estonian govt approves package of foreign mission bills for 2016
The Estonian government on Thursday approved proposals of the defense minister for using members of the defense forces to fulfil Estonia's international obligations on different missions.
Members of Estonian special forces to help train Ukrainian military
Members of the special operations forces of Estonia will start service in Ukraine this fall to help train Ukrainian military personnel alongside other allies.
First Javelins to reach Estonia on Friday
The first batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems purchased last year will reach Estonia this Friday.
US F-16 fighters destroy ground targets at central training ground
U.S. F-16 fighters taking part in a nearly month-long joint air force exercise of Estonia and the United States on Thursday for the first time destroyed ground targets at the defense forces central training area.
Estonian company invents mobile underground bomb shelter
Estonian military technology company Terramil OU has invented a waterproof underground bomb shelter which can be used to build a whole town underground.
US to station tank platoon in Estonia
A U.S. tank platoon armed with Abrams tanks and two airborne platoons of the U.S. Army are scheduled to arrive at the Tapa base in northeastern Estonia at the end of this week to take part in a training exercise with the Estonian defense forces.
Estonia to pull out of Baltic mine countermeasures squadron
The government on Thursday gave the nod to Estonia's withdrawal from the Baltic mine countermeasures unit BALTRON.
Conscript injured as hand grenade goes off at training
A conscript doing military service with the Logistics Battalion of the Estonian defense forces was injured in a grenade explosion on Monday night but his life is not in danger.
Spanish Air Force takes over air policing duties at Amari
In a ceremony held at Amari Air Base in Estonia at noon on Friday, Spanish pilots and personnel took over the duties of guarding the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the air force of another NATO member Germany.
02.01.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
First two Spanish fighters land at Amari
Two fighter jets of the Spanish Air Force landed at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia on Monday and another two are scheduled to reach Estonia on Tuesday to take part in the Baltic air policing mission as of January.
Estonian parlt adopts package of foreign mission bills for 2015
Estonian parliament on Thursday adopted the package of bills with which a mandate was given to the Estonian Defense Forces to take part in a follow-up mission in Afghanistan and taking part in ongoing foreign missions would be extended by a year.
Estonian govt greenlights purchase of infantry fighting vehicles
The Estonian government on Thursday approved acquisition of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and support vehicles for the defense forces from the Netherlands.
Defense minister to sign Javelin purchase contract
Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser is to sign a contract on the purchase of Javelin anti-tank missile systems next Tuesday.
Russia denies violating Estonian, Lithuanian airspace
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied a Dutch report of the incursion of a Russian military transport plane into the airspace of Estonia and Lithuania on Wednesday.
King of Sweden talks to Estonian logistics officer at NBG exercise
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on Tuesday looked at the Joint Action 14 exercise of the Nordic Battle Group (NBG) at Hagshult, Sweden and conversed with Lt. Riho Juurik, head of the Estonian contingent's movement control team, among others.
Estonian govt approves national defense bill
The Estonian government on Thursday approved the draft national defense law that combines three separate laws regulating defense of the country at present.
Government adopts 7 foreign mission bills for next year
Estonian government on Thursday adopted bills according to which next year up to 154 members of the Estonian defense forces would take part in international military operations in the NATO Response Force (NRF) as well as in Afghanistan, Mali, Kosovo, the Middle East and the Nordic Battle Group of the European Union.
Estonia to contribute up to 25 troops to Afghanistan follow-up mission
Estonia intends to deploy up to 25 members of the defense forces to the NATO follow-up mission in Afghanistan, including up to 15 members of the special forces.
Estonian defmin: Georgia is steadily moving towards joining NATO
The NATO summit showed that Georgia is moving steadily towards joining NATO and Estonia will continue supporting Georgia on that road, Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser said at a meeting with commander of the Georgian defense forces Maj. Gen. Vakhtang Kapanadze.
Estonian servicemen may head to Africa, in February
According to defence minister Urmas Reinsalu, EU mission may take Estonian servicemen to Central African Republic as soon as at end of February.
17.01.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Defense forces to take part in NRF with minehunter Ugandi in 2014
Estonia is planning to take part in NATO Response Force (NRF) in 2014 with minehunter Ugandi and a crew of 40 servicemen of the Estonian Defense Froces.
Estonia and Finland to make observation flights over Russia
Estonia and Finland will perform joint observation flights above Russia from Aug 19-23 under the Open Skies Treaty.
Only 16 Slots Open for Women Enlisting in Voluntary Military Service
Although this year women between the ages of 18 and 27 can for the first time voluntarily enlist in the Defense Forces, only 16 places are available, whereas around 3,000 male conscripts serve each year, reported ERR News.